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Week ending 12 June 2015

Ron Dahlke from Ranserve reports:

This week:

  • Continued on demo.
  • Most of sheetrock is removed from downstairs area
  • Placed all items for habitat from downstairs area in garage
  • Removed and replaced trash dumpster #1.
  • Window order has been placed, tentative delivery date 7/6/2015

Next week:

  • Continue on prep upstairs
  • Remove items for habitat and place in garage from upstairs.
  • Invite plumber over to review existing conditions.
  • Finalize plumbing fixtures and have Barry with Custom Plumbing review them.
  • Continue on demo upstairs.
  • Invite engineer to job site to review framing

Critical Path for next week:

  • Plumbing fixtures ordered
  • Site visit with engineer
  • Exterior door decisions
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Taking it down to studs

The driver for this demo is aluminum wiring. To put in a new kitchen and safely power Steven’s computers and the new HVAC and tankless water systems, we have to install copper wiring. Copper does not cohabit well with aluminum. You can do it with dongles, but aluminum is fragile and cracks as it heats and cools. After 60 years of this, it is suspect. So we have to take it all out. That means taking down the walls and cabinets and ceilings — everything.

Along the way, that gives us the ability to find and remove suspect plumbing, insulation, infestations, bad lumber and all the other evils spawned by a 1968 house.

Let me introduce you to what Ron Dahlke and his crew have been up to.

 

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Week ending 5 June 2015

Ron Dahlke from Ranserve reports:

This week:

  • Posted COA permit on front window
  • Finally received dumpster Wednesday afternoon
  • Started prep of floors
  • Started removing items for Habitat
  • Plumber cut off water to house and isolated one hose bib outside for water source
  • Electrician set up several temporary electrical boxes in garage for use.
  • Turned off all other electrical breakers
  • Called Mike Trim about his trim and door bid
  • Talked with Nate from Habitat about recycling program with TDS for green build
  • Started demo of sheetrock in garage

Next week:

  • Continue on prep
  • Continue on demo
  • Finish demo downstairs so we can schedule engineer for site visit for the next week
  • Call in for COA layout inspection
  • Schedule camera for yard sewer lines

Critical Path Items:

  • Approve window order and place in production
  • Finalize decisions on shower valves and drains
  • Finalize decisions on shower surrounds

Saw baby owl in owl box.  He was not happy with Cris when he started making noise.  Also saw twin baby fawns in the back yard.

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Signed!

DSC_9027Supervised by Avery Watson at Independence Title, Mark Rehberg, president of Ranserve, right, arm in sling, and Jacquela, left, sign the AIA remodeling contract. Steven is at the back taking this photo.

Ahead of this, we spent a couple of days working with the lawyers — Rose Cohen for Ranserve and David Sewell for the Leons — tweaking the contract, right up to the signing, with Mark and I working through last-second fixes by sending pdf files and text messages back and forth to his office, to David, with phone calls, and to the Independence Title printer.

Deep breath. It’s done. Now we put hammer to nail.

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Contract. Almost.

Received draft of construction contract from Ranserve. Reviewing with lawyer. There’s a dumpster coming soon. And a remodeled house to move into at the end of this adventure.

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Design & budget meeting

30march2015.planning_budgetMeeting at Ranserve to review and revise construction plans and projected budget. Everyone left with homework to do. From left, Brett Grinkmeyer, architect; Mark Rehburg, president of Ranserve; Michelle Hastings, estimator and budget whip at Ranserve.

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Exploratory surgery

Chris from Ranserve cuts a hole in the kitchen ceiling as we attempt to answer the question — how is Emerald Hill put together?

IMG_20150210_120345One answer — the ceiling beams are 2x10s.

 

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